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Finding a Position on the Global Map of Film Festivals: The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

  • Eija Niskanen
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Abstract

YIDFF (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival) was born from the aftermath of 1960s and 1970s Japanese political documentary film movement when documentary filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa settled in Yamagata Prefecture to make documentaries on local rural communities. In 1989 these led to the establishment of a bi-annual international documentary film festival, which in its programming has kept close ties to both the socially conscious documentary film practice and the Yamagata region. The festival has, along the years, proved to be instrumental in educating Asian documentary filmmakers, in working as a gathering spot for both Japanese and Asian documentary community and in raising discussion on documentary practice as well as during this decade in supporting the northeastern region of post-2011 triple disaster in Japan. This chapter looks at YIDFF’s history and the ways in which it is consciously cinephiliac, non-commercial in its practices and its importance in the festival network.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eija Niskanen
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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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